Parent teacher conferences & partnerships


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Parent Teacher Conferences: What's new, fresh ideas and best practices from education thought leaders and technology specialists. Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education and VolunteerSpot, the leading FREE, easy online parent-teacher conference scheduling tool.

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Parent teacher conferences & partnerships

  1. Parent-Teacher Conferences: Best Practices & Building Partnerships
  2. Karen Bantuveris Joe Mazza Lisa Dabbs Founder & CEO Principal, #PTChat #ntchat, Edu Consultant @VolunteerSpot @Joe_Mazza @Teachingwthsoul Greg Garner Pernille Ripp Glenn YetterEducational Technologist 5th Grade Teacher 6th Grade teacher @Classroom_Tech @Pernille Ripp @CoachYetter
  3. AgendaWelcome & Why We’re HereRecent Survey Results – KarenConference Game Plan and Tips – LisaStudent Led Conferences – GlennDocumenting Learning with New Tech – GregBuilding Ongoing Parent-Teacher-Student Relationships – JoeQ& A – AllResources & VolunteerSpot Demo: Free Parent-TeacherConference Scheduler – Karen
  4. Recent Survey ResultsParenting Magazine / NEA Survey April 2012 45% parents gave their teachers an “A” for parent relationships 88 percent of parents consider their child’s teacher a partner BUT… Only 54 percent of teachers feel that parents do their part at home to ensure kids the most out of classroom learning 93% of teachers believe parents are given the opportunity to offer input into and participate in school events and activities, HOWEVER… 25% parents say they feel shut out of the collaboration process
  5. Parent Engagement Journey Thanks to Chris Jarvis, @RealizedWorth
  6. VolunteerSpot Survey ResultsParents rate last conference:85% Excellent or GoodTeachers rate last round ofconferences:92% Excellent or Good
  7. What Are Our Teachers Doing? What % Pre-conference questions for parents 24% Student Portfolios (paper) 73% Student Portfolios (electronic) 18% Student-Led Conferences 14% Use an Agenda 55% Prepare Action Plans for Students 60% Prepare Action Plans for Parents 35% Parent Resource List 65% Virtual Parent Meetings 7%
  8. Lisa Michelle Dabbs M.Ed @TeachingwthSoulEducational Consultant & Speaker, Los Angeles, CA #ntchat Founder , Edutopia Core Blogger, Edupad Representative
  9. Begin on a Positive NoteCommunicate with Parentsright awayAsk parents for the best wayto reach themUse a variety ofcommunication tools
  10. Establish your Conference Calendar Take time to setup appointments and follow up TIP: VolunteerSpot Makes it easy! Keep data base with parent contacts Include a map of the campus Set expectations for discussions Hold a phone or Skype conference if parents can’t attend
  11. Create Student Portfolios Establish a method to share Consider Electronic tools (DropBox, wikis, Google Drive, etc.) Capture work samples each week If Student-Led, set clear guidelines and deadlines
  12. Have a Conference Day PlanStart and end on time! TIP: Set a timer!Share an agenda to guide discussionAsk questions, take notes, LISTENStop and re-schedule if conferencebecomes unproductive
  13. Focus on Whole ChildFocus on strengths and shareseveralInclude 1 or 2 opportunities forimprovementShare social observations withpeers and adultsLet parents know they can sharetheir concerns with you anytime
  14. Invite Parents to your TeamAsk how they would like toparticipateHave volunteer opportunitiesplanned and make it easy forparents to signupDo they have a special talent? Remember! ParentsShare Web2.0 tools for home- need to feel valued andschool collaboration DO, when you include them!
  15. Welcome to My Glenn Yetter @CoachYetterStudent-Led Hatfield, PAConference
  16. What are they? Students are trained in the specific skills necessary to engage their parents in a discussion about their academic progress Hey Mom & Dad…look at my success! Goals- Students will: 1. Learn to set goals 2. Evaluate their own work 3. Improve communication and organization skills 4. Take an active role in their learning
  17. Portfolios:The Centerpiece of the Conference Portfolios are…a purposeful collection of student work that tells a storyof academic progress. It reveals the child’s knowledge,skills, interests, and attitudes towards learning.
  18. Student Script
  19. Student Report Card Review
  20. Presentation HighlightsReflection sheets for each subject – guides discussionCreate a slide for each subjectReview Successful Learner segment of report cardPRACTICE!!Hold chair for parents, establishes tone of meetingUse TECH! PowerPoint, Prezi, Slide ShareThis is a conference…NOT a reading
  21. Greg Garner @Classroom_TechWest Ridge Middle School, Austin, TX
  22. Technology Provides Options Communication Flexibility Changing Learning Paradigms
  23. Video conferenceFile and screensharing (show exactlywhat you see on yourscreen)
  24. Shareable,multimedia portfoliosfrom anydevice/machineOrganized by tags,notebooks, andsearchDeep integrationwith variety oftools/appsOCR, indexed PDFs,audio and text notes Resources:
  25. Student learningcommunityParent accesson-going, just-in-time,asynchronouslearning andassessment
  26. SpEd and 504 Use portfolios to show progress in learning and impact of accommodations on the learning process Documentation can be tied to and stored with student work samples Example: Evernote with audio records and feedback plus student assignments, shared with the parents via Edmodo or SkypeSet the stage for your next ARD or 504 meetingduring Conferences - Introduce digital tools!
  27. Joe Mazza @Joe_Mazza Lead Learner @knappelementary, Philadelphia, PA~ @penngse student studying home-school partnerships 2.0 ~ Host of (Parent-Teacher) #PTchat Weds 9EDT
  28. Building Parent-Teacher Relationships going FORWARDA chance to show yourinvestment in face toface communication,relationship building.
  29. What is the best means of 2 way communication for you?
  30. How you will differentiate for varying home tech environments? ASK - "What access to online resources does your child have at home?" 10 Websites to Bookmark on your student’s home computer:
  31. Before the meeting ends, reinforce collaborationASK: "how can"we" better meetthe needs of yourchild?"
  32. Demonstrate PartnershipSmall gestures showthe extra care andcommitment you willdeliver to childthroughout theschool year.When possible, walkthe parent out.
  33. Questions & Comments?
  34. Resources to Share (caps matter) Link to recorded webinar Articles, check-sheets and templates for Teachers Articles & Links to share with Parents Tech Guides for Teachers & Parents
  35. Karen Bantuveris Joe Mazza Lisa Dabbs Founder & CEO Principal, #PTChat #ntchat, Edu Consultant @VolunteerSpot @Joe_Mazza @Teachingwthsoul @VSpotMom Greg Garner Pernille Ripp Glenn YetterEducational Technologist 5th Grade Teacher 6th Grade teacher @Classroom_Tech @Pernille Ripp @CoachYetter
  36. FREE, Easy Parent Conference Scheduling & RemindersVolunteerSpot.comPlease stay for aquick DEMO (< 5 min)
  37. VolunteerSpot Demo
  38. Parents Get Invited
  39. Parents Click to Sign Up NO PASSWORDS
  40. Choose Their Spot
  41. Choose Their Spot
  42. Confirm Their Spot
  43. Stay Connected
  44. How VolunteerSpotWorks
  45. Register or Sign In
  46. Launch Planning Wizard
  47. Choose your ActivityType
  48. Enter Activity Info
  49. PremiumAdd Extra Info. Fields Version Only Up to 5 Fields
  50. Enter Organizer Info.
  51. Select First ConferenceDay
  52. Plan the Day
  53. Add ‘Spots’: Jobs,Shifts &Things to Bring
  54. Add ‘Spot’ Details
  55. Add More ‘Spots’
  56. Add ‘Spot’ Info.
  57. Conference Time List
  58. Review Spots
  59. Status Calendar
  60. Copy Day
  61. Copy Day
  62. Wa – La!
  63. Send Draft to Review
  64. Invite Parents to Sign up
  65. Invite Parents to Sign up
  66. Copy Entire Sign up
  67. Give Activity a NewName
  68. Continue for EachTeacher
  69. How VolunteerSpotWorks
  70. Activity Status View
  71. More Assistance